ELEVATING COMMUNITY VOICES INTO ACTION

by investing $150,000 in support of residents to ensure that the Sherman Park
Community is a Thriving Community.

THIS IS OUR STORY, OUR HISTORY, AND OUR FUTURE

A future built on a series of shared experiences, at times rich and rooted in our values, at times painful, trying, and even violent. 

But, we have emerged from these challenges hopeful –

determined to redefine Sherman Park on our terms

and in our terms starting with these

THREE HIGH-IMPACT

AREAS OF OPPORTUNITY:

But, we have emerged from these challenges hopeful -determined to redefine Sherman Park on our terms and in our terms starting with these

THREE HIGH-IMPACT

AREAS OF OPPORTUNITY:

YOUTH

It is true that Sherman Park has a long, storied history to celebrate, to learn from, and to build upon. But, we must safeguard our most valuable resource, our young people, by empowering their voices, passing down our institutional knowledge, and cultivating within them a sense of self-respect and communal pride, so that the legacy of Sherman Park can be carried into the future.

IDEAS FROM THE COMMUNITY

  • Paid employment opportunities for youth that provide networking opportunities and skills training, increasing the chances of ongoing employment.
  • Mentorship programs connected to professional fields.
  • Youth development programs that include workshops in life skills, growth mindsets, and confidence building.
  • Training on trauma for youth allies and youth leaders.
  • STEM programs that provide a pathway to careers in technology.

WITH A MEDIAN AGE OF 29 YEARS OLD,
SHERMAN PARK IS A YOUNG COMMUNITY:

Investing in our youth is honoring our past, enriching
our present, and protecting our future.

HOUSING

Over the years, redlining, eminent domain, and predatory lending, coupled with a lack of access, education, and transparency have left many members of our community stuck without the resources to make and maintain a home of their own.

IDEAS FROM THE COMMUNITY

  • Access to low-interest loans.
  • A list of reliable contractors.
  • Rent-to-own programs with a proven track record of successfully helping people purchase the homes they live in.
  • Credit repair programs to increase homeownership.

Every resident should have the opportunity to own a home
and own a piece of Sherman Park.

Employment

Emergent technologies, market trends, and political policies have dramatically changed the job market over the past few decades. These changes, combined with over-policing and other social barriers, have restricted employment opportunities for residents of Sherman Park more than anywhere else in the entire country.

IDEAS FROM THE COMMUNITY

  • High school job shadowing program.
  • Job/internship program in trades.
  • STEM Training: Tech/Coding program.
  • Employment stipends for young people to work as apprentices, receiving mentorship and training from local entrepreneurs.

Making gainful employment accessible to every resident of
Sherman Park, regardless of background or history, will
reduce poverty, increase homeownership, limit interaction
with law enforcement, and bring prosperity to our community.

August
August 25th
September 15th
October 20th
November 12th
September 30th

August

Interviews

 

August 25th

Visioning Session I

September 15th

Visioning Session II

October 20th

Visioning Session III

November 12th

Advisory Council Meeting

September 30th

First Advisory Council Update

  • I WANT

  • FOR SHERMAN PARK

“More Public Schools”

“Business Opportunities”

“Less Boarded Windows”

INSTEAD OF SIMPLY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS,

GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION

HAS BEEN ASKING QUESTIONS.

Over the past year, the Foundation and our own neighborhood fellows have canvassed Sherman Park conducting dozens of one-on-one interviews and facilitating a series

of three public visioning sessions in which we, as residents, have shared our individual hopes and pooled our collective wisdom to determine our path forward.

INSTEAD OF SIMPLY LOOKING FOR ANSWERS,

GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION

HAS BEEN ASKING QUESTIONS.

Over the past year, the Foundation and our own neighborhood fellows have canvassed Sherman Park conducting dozens of one-on-one interviews and facilitating a series of three public visioning sessions in which we, as residents, have shared our individual hopes and pooled our collective wisdom to determine our path forward.

  • IS THE FUTURE OF SHERMAN PARK

“Our Youth”

“Better Schools”

AND TURNED THEM INTO ACTIONS

BUT WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED…

Our Advisory Council will continue to meet throughout the year ensuring that grants and assistance are dispersed in an effective, high-impact way.

Be on the lookout for our neighborhood fellows who will be reaching out to our community, listening to our concerns, and keeping us up to date on the progress we’re making. 

  • TELL US ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL / ORGANIZATION THAT YOU WANT TO BRING INTO THE CONVERSATION AND SUPPORT

“Program the Parks”

“Boys and Girls Club”

“Sherman Phoenix”

FINAL FILM